PP Power Rankings – Feb 08 2015

I believe this is the first week where the top five actually has a majority of Winter 2015 shows:

1. Shirobako
2. Death Parade
3. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
4. Junketsu no Maria
5. Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata

And if the trends are anything to go by, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is probably not going to be up there for much longer. There’s only so long that prior points can prop up a progressively pathetic program.

RANK

SHOW

5 PT RATING

CHANGE

% VOTES

1

Shirobako

4.73 (+0.11)

(-)

100

2

Death Parade

2.19 (+0.17)

(-)

> 50

3

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

1.1 (-0.5)

(-)

< 50

4

Junketsu no Maria

0.93 (-0.11)

(+1)

< 50

5

Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata

0.92 (+0.09)

(+1)

50

6

THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls

0.69 (-0.03)

(+2)

< 50

7

Koufuku Graffiti

0.61 (-0.13)

(-)

< 25

8

Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu

0.5 (-0.57)

(-4)

0

9

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders 2

0.44 (+0.06)

(+2)

< 25

10

Durarara!!x2 Shou

0.37 (+0.15)

(+3)

< 25

11

Gundam Build Fighters Try

0.33 (+0.19)

(+3)

< 25

12

Yuri Kuma Arashi

0.28 (-0.13)

(-2)

< 25

13

Garo: Honoo no Kokuin

0.27 (+0.27)

(NEW)

< 25

14

Yoru no Yatterman

0.22 (-0.25)

(-5)

0

15

Kantai Collection: Kan Colle

0.13 (+0.04)

(-)

< 25

16

Tokyo Ghoul √A

0.11 (-0.13)

(-4)

0

17

Rolling☆Girls

0.01 (-0.01)

(-1)

0

Well what can I say about Shirobako… nothing. It’s loved everywhere, look at its stranglehold even here, and remember the more popular a show gets in general, the more people start to try and find flaws with it. Surely you don’t want to be that blogger that actually agrees with everyone else and the unwashed masses right? Yet Shirobako continues on at #1. Everyone should be paying attention. Meanwhile I’ll remember to brush my teeth twice a day:

Rather than any shows really stepping up and improving this week – other than Garo which decided to actually put out an episode that means something for once instead of the drivel filler it’s been providing – the standouts are really the shows that have fallen. Parasyte and Shigatsu both lost half a rating point, and Parasyte didn’t even get a single vote. How quickly a show that looked destined to be fighting with Shirobako last season now looks like it’ll struggle to stay relevant in these rankings.

Shigatsu has always had problems, the episodes that dealt purely with the competitions and the music, and Tsubaki were great, and I can see Shigatsu continue to bounce around depending on what actually happens in the week’s episode. Parasyte, well that’s a harder one to judge, and it seems to have only itself to blame. If one really goes and thinks about the progress of the larger plot, it’s hard to really say anything has happened since probably episode 2 or 3 where they established the parasytes were capable of strategy and rational thought rather than just being killers. I mean, sure, the episodes that build Shinichi into the character he is now were important, but quite frankly only the arc that dealt with his mom really came across as truly powerful – you could see it meant something and it made sense. Other than that arc, it really feels like there’s just been a bunch of wasted time and potential – and we’re nowhere even near some sort of hint in terms of where this is all going anyway. I might be being a bit premature, but with 17 episodes done, we look to be in for either a massively cramped ending, or, even more annoying, a non-ending.

Junketsu no Maria and Saekano round off the top five, and I think that speaks volumes about the lack of real quality this season. Everything is disappointing in some way or another, which leads to different shows appealing to different people. This is easily seen because, other than the top two, no show could even get more than half the votes, with the majority actually being voted for by less than 25% (ignore the ones not voted for at all).

I wonder if next week will have any surprises.

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